Sikar – Ancient Part of Rajasthan

Sikar is an important part of your Rajasthan, India itinerary offering a mix of history, archaeology, ancient temples and fortresses.

Sikar can be easily reached from Jaipur (nearest airport) or New Delhi by road and the distance of about 250 kilometers can be covered in about 4 hours. If you are taking a road trip from Jaipur or Agra, you will also have the advantage of expressways (toll roads) and the distance of about 130 kilometers can be covered in 2 hours or less. Another option would be to travel by train from Jaipur which is about 100kms from Sikar.

There are about 5 trains from Jaipur on a daily basis though advance reservations may be needed for a comfortable journey. You can also consider traveling by train by New Delhi to Sikar by train but that option is best suited to people who are looking for a relaxed style of travel. Fathepur, Nawalgarh and Jhunjhunu are the other important destinations within the Shekawati region of Rajasthan distanced by about 100 kilometers from Sikar. 

Sikar is more a part of your Shekawati region itinerary. The entire region is sometimes called the ‘Open Art Gallery’ because of its wealth of crafts, architecture and traditional arts. Much of these belong to the 18th and 19th centuries when Rajasthan was at its height of glory.

Laxmangarh Fort, Sikar

Laxmangarh Fort, Sikar

The central attraction when you arrive in Sikar is undoubtedly the Laxmangarh whose history dates back to 1862. Laxmangarh is also the place where you will be treated to some rare frescoes and a distinct style of architecture that the fort presents. Apart from the fort, you can also explore a series of Havelis (abode of the wealthy) and these include:-

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Architectural Beauty of Jaisalmer Fort

One of the most glorious and beautiful forts in India is the Jaisalmer fort which is located in the heart of Rajasthan in Jaisalmer city. It is also known as the Sonar Kila or the Golden Fort as it is made of yellow sandstone which exudes a brilliant yellow radiance during the day time. It was built in the year 1156 by a Rajput ruler known as Rawal jaisal. The fort is built on the Trikuta hill which is 80 meters high and surrounded by a wall of 30 feet.

Structural Enigma of the Fort

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan

The Jaisalmer Fort is based on Rajasthani architectural patterns and designs. The entire structure consists of five storeys and three walls. Stone blocks were used to build the outer layer of the walls. There are basically four entrances to the Fort which are quite popularly known as the Hawa Pole, Aksya Pole, Suraj Pole and the Ganesha Pole. The size of the Fort is one of the major attractions for tourists around the world.

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Dances of Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

The Sawai Madhopur dances are adapted from the neighboring districts and the Ghoomar dance for instance originally comes from Udaipur and is prominent during ‘Holy’, the festival of colours occurring on the full moon day of March. Some of the upscale hotels also organize these local dances on specific request. Another attractive feature of these dances is that most of them are interactive in character and guests can join in with the dancers and shake a leg if they choose to. The following are among some of the more prominent folk dance forms in the Sawai Madhopur region.

Ghoomar dance, Rajasthan

Ghoomar dance, Rajasthan

Ghoomar Dance

Ghoomar is a simple form of Rajasthan folk dance where women in colourful attire across ages, using a unique kind of footwork create swaying movements of their body. Synchronizing the steps with the song selected is an important part of this dance. The dancers move in a circular motion with the steps alternating between clockwise and anticlockwise directions.

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